Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11 reflections

I've been thinking about this blog all day and wasn't sure I was going to write it..

I've had the Allan Jackson song in my head all day...

Where were you when the world stop turning????

Mike and I were getting ready for work and since we didn't have a TV at the time we listened to the radio... 99.5 fm with Mike and Amy in the Mornings. Now anyone that has ever listened to Mike and Amy knows Amy would cry or get teary eyed for almost anything... so I didn't register anything when I heard Amy "crying" on the radio... Then it dawned on me, something was really really wrong... I hooked up my laptop (the only computer at the time that had internet (dial up at that)) and tried to find a news station online that would show me what they were talking about... I was in awe.

I went to work, I was working for Bank of America at the time in mortgage lending and the entire day was surreal. We waited to hear news of our fellow employees as well as the rest of our fellow Americans. Since the markets were closed the entire day was spent waiting and watching while trying to keep focused on our work. By the grace of God we only lost 3 fellow employees but the loss to the Nation was so deep.

Last year , on 9/11 Cameron watched a program and asked me about the airplanes and the towers. I couldn't figure out a way to explain it to my then 3 year old son... So I did the only thing I knew and showed him the pages in my scrapbook, a tribute to the lives lost on that day and the strength we showed as a Nation following. The awesomeness of the field of flags, the candles on the water, the people gathering. I want my children to know that One Nation Under God is one of the most meaningful messages we can send to the world outside.

Never forget...

I am reminded on a verse in Deuteronomy.

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deut 4:9 (NIV

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